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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning, Climate Action

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  • Video, 4 minutes, 1 second, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet
  • Article

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The Secret to Talking About Climate Change


  • In this video, students will hear advice on how to have effective conversations about climate change. 
  • The resource also includes an article about heat as a form of energy, a student worksheet, and a lesson plan to go with the video. 


  • This video is probably best used as a starting point for students to begin talking to others about climate change.
  • This is a great resource for virtual learning, as the lesson plan includes a Google Doc.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The video is available to view without an account but teachers need to create a free account to access the additional materials. 
  • Having the steps written out ahead of time may help some students follow along with the process.


  • You may consider having students create a conversation plan based on the steps suggested in the video.
  • Science classes could use the heat article for lessons about forms of energy, thermodynamics, weather, and climate. 
  • Other resources to consider on this topic include this project about climate action and this Talking Climate Handbook

This is a good resource for engaging in a climate conversation, giving opportunities for respondents to share their climate story and experience. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, qualitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
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